The Chanel Couture AW16 show proves that headbands are back for good

Arianna | 06 July 2016

Make way for this hair accessory comeback…

At this season’s Paris Haute Couture Week – which is still in full swing – Chanel paid tribute to one of the most iconic hair accessories ever: the headband. Creative director Karl Lagerfeld sent models down the runway of the Chanel couture autumn/winter 2016 show with black bow headbands to emphasise their super high buns and pixie crops. And it seems that this chic hair accessory trend has already filtered down, because headbands are making a comeback on Instagram, too!

Scroll through our gallery (above) for our favourite Chanel couture headband styles and keep reading to see how to can achieve the look at home.

Headbands at Chanel Couture AW16


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Chanel Couture AW16. Credit:

At the Chanel couture show, many models’ hair were styled into super high, super volumised buns (because the bigger, the better, right?). The hair on their scalp was pulled neatly and tightly back, while the hair in their buns was curled into super tight ringlets to create dramatic height and volume. The look was finished with a chic, satin black bow headband positioned just above their hairline.

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Chanel Couture AW16. Credit:

The bow headbands were positioned slightly off-centre, and were complemented with heavy black lashes and eyeliner. Although the clothes were, of course, breathtakingly beautiful, for us the hairstyles and headbands totally stole the show!

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Chanel Couture AW16. Credit:

Some models had their mane styled into buns, while others rocked cool pixie crops. To recreate this look at home, pair a choppy pixie with a black bow headband for a couture rock ‘n’ roll vibe. And when placing the headband, be sure to position it so that it sits just behind your fringe for best effect.

Instagram-inspired headband hairstyles

It’s true: headband hairstyles are taking over Instagram. Here’s some of the styles you need to try now.

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Headband inspiration. Credit:

We love YouTuber Claire Ashley’s delicate beaded headband, which she works into her soft, romantic-looking updo. Pair a bedazzled headband with some stunning drop earrings for an extra pinch of elegance. Credit: @claireashleybeauty

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Headband inspiration. Credit:

Not all headbands have to be formal: just look at this knotted fabric band for proof. Perfect for the beach or a festival, this accessory keeps it casual yet stylish. Credit@sweetonseptember

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Headband inspiration. Credit:

Not a fan of the classic black headband? Don’t worry: why not try your luck at a retro-looking headband like this one! Opt for a bold print or pattern with bright colours, and you’ll be oozing chic vintage vibes in no time. Credit@shopjuicybows

So, are you down with the headband trend?


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